Science & technology
Facebook unveils Paper, a Flipboard rival
Publish Date: Jan 30, 2014
Facebook unveils Paper, a Flipboard rival
  • mail
  • img
newvision

FACEBOOK on Thursday unveiled Paper, a Flipboard-like reader app, as it continues to broaden its mobile offerings.

Paper is made up of stories and themed sections, tying together your News Feed with other themes and topics ranging from sports to food, with stories from publications. It will be available in the US on Feb. 3 for iPhone users.

Paper is just the latest step in Facebook's strategy to push more into the mobile world. Beyond its core Facebook app and the Instagram photo-sharing service, it has steadily launched mobile products such as its Messenger app. 

During its earnings conference call on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company was working on more standalone mobile apps. 

This marks a reversal of the company's ill-fated Facebook Home strategy, which essentially took over an Android phone with its own custom user interface. As it turns out, people like Facebook, but not that much.

Still, Facebook's mobile push seem to be paying off, with the company generating more than half of its advertising revenue from that area.

Paper, meanwhile, can be navigated by thumbing through the stories, a la Flipboard. 

You can tilt your phone to pan through panoramic photos from corner to corner, and to see important details like faces. For better or worse, there are full-screen auto-play videos. Stories, meanwhile, get attractive full-screen covers.

Facebook users can also create their own stories, and preview how their posts will look before sharing them.

The company said Paper is the first product from its Facebook Creative Labs, formed to create new apps for phones.

Introducing Paper from Facebook on Vimeo.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Monica Lewinsky says she was cyber-bullying Patient Zero
Monica Lewinsky said she was one of the first victims of cyber-bullying, becoming "Patient Zero" after falling in love with Bill Clinton, as the former White House intern gave her first speech in 13 years...
Facebook sues lawyers over
Facebook sued lawyers who represented a man claiming he was entitled to a stake in the huge social network, saying they should have known he was a scam artist....
Twitter spices timelines with unasked-for tweets
BASED on a positive response from its tests, the popular one-to-many messaging service is inching toward the Facebook of using software to "curate" what users see based on their interests...
Twitter tweets start to sing
Twitter on Thursday began letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular messaging service....
Smartphones cut into Google profit & share price
THE rise of smartphone use to access the Internet, and slowing clicks on ads, cut into profits by Google in the third quarter, the company has revealed...
Apple starts iPhone 6 sales in China
APPLE began selling its latest iPhone in China Friday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators...
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter